Johanns: Farmers should be exempt from costly EPA fuel regs

 “There is no question that we need to protect the land around us, but a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to acknowledge that a farm is different from a gas station and farm trucks are different from long-haul trucks, unnecessarily hurts the ag community,” Johanns said in a written statement. “These bills would save farmers tens of thousands of dollars in compliance costs.”

Under the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act , farmers’ above-ground oil storage tanks would be exempt from the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, if they hold less than 10,000 gallons.  Farmers storing less than 42,000 gallons could certify their own prevention plans, under the bill, which is also co sponsored by Sens. Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate sends pipeline safety bill to Obama McConnell warns of Friday work over defense bill US commander in Afghanistan finishing troop plan this week MORE (R-Neb.), Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), John BoozmanJohn BoozmanOvernight Tech: House GOP launches probe into phone, internet subsidies Overnight Tech: Trade groups press NC on bathroom law GOP senators: Obama bathroom guidance is 'not appropriate' MORE (R-Ark.), Thad CochranThad CochranOvernight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate Appropriations speeds through spending bills Week ahead: Senators face unfinished defense work MORE (R-Miss.) and James InhofeJames InhofeSenate Republicans push for Flint aid bill Menendez rails against Puerto Rico bill for 4 hours on floor EPA proposes climate rule incentives despite court hold MORE (R-Okla.).

The other bill would exempt agriculture operations from the requirements that they must obtain a hazardous material permit, if they carry less than 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and the vehicle is clearly marked. That legislation is also cosponsored by Sens. Jerry MoranJerry MoranSenate panel approves lifting Cuba travel ban Boost in Afghan visas blocked in Senate Senate contradicts itself on Gitmo MORE (R-Kan.), Pat RobertsPat RobertsFDA concerned with GMO labeling 'compromise' Senators press Obama education chief on reforms Dems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle MORE (R-Kan.) and Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Senators roll out bipartisan gun proposal MORE (D-N.D.).